People from as far away as Australia and Israel will be heading to Wellingborough over the weekend of 11-13 May to take part in the 33rd International Waendel Walk.
The Waendel Walk, the only event of its kind in the UK, kicks off on the Friday evening with two friendship walks of 5km and 10km, followed by a weekend of different routes ranging from 5km up to a marathon-distance 42km.
Wellingborough councillor Peter Morrall said: "The Waendel Walk is a truly international event and attracts walkers from all over the world. So far we've had people register from Holland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Sweden, the Czech Republic and even Australia. This will obviously have a really positive effect on the local economy, with hotels, guest houses and shops all getting a big boost in trade. We're really getting close to the event now and the area around The Castle and Wellingborough Museum is already decked out in national flags to welcome our visitors to the town.
"So much of the Waendel Walk is about friendship - it's always great to welcome back friends from different countries who come year after year, and for local residents it's a chance to come out and meet new people. We have families, young children, friends and colleagues taking part and the event always has a really friendly atmosphere. People like taking part in the walks because they're safe and very professionally run, but also because we have some stunning countryside that people may not have explored before. Even if the participants are from right here in Wellingborough they're often still amazed by the beautiful scenery we have on our doorstep."
As well as enjoying the atmosphere, exercise and scenery, many people also use the Waendel Walk as an opportunity to raise money for charity. Fundraising participants this year include Wellingborough Mind who are raising money to replace the front of their charity shop, the 8th Rushden Scouts Club who are fundraising for a trip to Kenya later this year, and Chelsea's Angels, which provides support and financial assistance to children and families affected by cancer.
For more information about taking part in the Waendel Walk people can call Wellingborough Council on 01933 229 777 or visit the website at http://www.wellingborough.gov.uk/. The website also features information on how to pre-register for the event to save both time and money, as well as route information and start times, entertainment, tips for keeping safe and lots more.